Silly steps off a cliff (addition)

By Barry Blitt



Are there good feminist reflections this situation? I suspect my mind is in an alarmed state, more geared up for action than thought.

I suppose one could reflect one feminist theme and say that in both the UK and the USA there are very serious challenges to the social order caused by a significant failure to care for large segments of the society. For me the wonder of it is that in the USA at least so many persist in failing to respond to the society’s needs despite the obvious consequences. We need gun legislation; we do not need a supreme court that can’t effectively decide some major issues. Perhaps the UK equivalent is cheerfully admitting that the facts cited to support leaving weren’t -opps! – really right.

Let us know what you think!


Dialogues on Disability – Joshua Knobe

I’m really late posting this, so many readers will no doubt have already seen it. (I’ve been a bit preoccupied by current events of late..) But better late than never – Shelley’s latest installment in her series of interviews with disabled philosophers is out. This time, she chats to Joshua Knobe about experimental philosophy, the nature of the self, and more.

My guest today is Joshua Knobe. Josh is a professor of philosophy and cognitive science at Yale. Most of his research is in experimental philosophy. Though Josh tried his best in this interview to focus on more intellectual topics, what he is really most excited about these days is his five-year-old daughter Zoe.

You can read the complete interview here.

Gender-neutral on paper but not in effect

“The policies led to a 19 percentage-point rise in the probability that a male economist would earn tenure at his first job. In contrast, women’s chances of gaining tenure fell by 22 percentage points. …They found that men who took parental leave used the extra year to publish their research, amassing impressive publication records. But there was no parallel rise in the output of female economists.”

Read the whole story at the NYT.